2018-19 Bulletin of the Duke University Graduate School
Regulations 58 Time Limits for Completion of Master’s Degrees Master’s degree candidates who are in residence for consecutive academic years normally complete all requirements for the degree within two calendar years from the date of their first registration in The Graduate School. Candidates enrolled in full-time programs of study must complete all requirements within four calendar years of their first registration. Part-time students must complete all requirements within six calendar years of their first registration. To be awarded a degree in May, the recording of transfer credit must be completed by the first day of the final examination period. If a thesis is one of the requirements, it must be submitted to The Graduate School by the deadline posted on The Graduate School website . Candidates desiring to have their degrees conferred in September must have completed all requirements, including the recording of transfer of credit, by the last weekday of the Duke University summer session. Candidates completing degree requirements after that date and during the fall will have their degrees conferred in January. Training in Academic and Research Integrity Incoming master’s students enrolled in all degree programs of The Graduate School must complete a training course in academic integrity and responsible conduct of research. This will consist of a four-hour session at the start of the term, offered by The Graduate School staff and associates. This training is a requirement for graduation. The training for Duke Kunshan University master of science candidates is customized and offered for them at the Kunshan campus but is also an absolute degree requirement. Master’s Degree En Route to a PhD Doctoral students in Duke PhD programs may obtain one master’s degree en route to the PhD without additional tuition charges beyond those of the PhD. This master’s degree may be in the same department, if the department permits this, or may be in a different department, if approved by the second department and the associate dean of The Graduate School. In either case, the student must complete all requirements for the relevant master’s degree. A master’s degree in a different department or field en route to the PhD will be awarded only concomitant with the PhD. If, for whatever reason, the student does not complete the PhD, and would like to receive the master’s degree nonetheless, tuition will be charged for the terms during which the master’s degree was pursued. Tuition and any other balances due must be paid to receive the degree. Degree Regulations: The Doctoral Degree Requirements The formal requirements for the PhD degree are as follows: (1) payment of six semesters of full-time tuition (or five if credit for a previous graduate degree has been approved), (2) major and related courses as determined by the degree program, (3) the fulfillment of foreign language(s) requirements in many departments, (4) required training in the Responsible Conduct of Research, (5) a supervisory committee for the student’s program of study, (6) residence of at least one year, (7) passing the preliminary examination, (8) completing the dissertation, (9) passing the final examination, and (10) final dissertation submission to ProQuest. Major and Related Work The student’s plan of study normally demands substantial concentration on courses in the major degree program, plus coursework in related minor fields as determined by individual programs. The programs may specify courses that are required for the degree in that particular program. If there are deficiencies in a student’s undergraduate preparation, degree programs may also require certain prerequisite courses to be taken. In all cases, the student’s director of graduate studies, in consultation with the student’s advisory committee, will determine if the student must meet requirements above the minimum. Foreign Languages The Graduate School has no foreign language requirement for the PhD, but individual departments may have such requirements. For specific departmental language requirements, see the chapter “Departments, Programs, & Course Offerings” on page 68 or contact the appropriate director of graduate studies. The Graduate School requires that all dissertations and theses be written in English. The sole exception is when there are compelling scholarly or professional reasons to write the research portions of a doctoral dissertation in another language, if that language is recognized by the student’s examination committee as the primary language of the student’s research within a foreign language studies PhD program in which the student is a degree candidate. To write a dissertation in a language other than English, the student must submit a request for an exception at the time the prospectus is submitted. The request must be approved by the student’s examination committee and by The Graduate School’s associate dean for academic affairs. If granted an exception, the student may write the dissertation’s research chapters, introduction, and conclusion in another language. In all cases, the title, abstract, copyright notice, committee signature pages, and table of contents of dissertations must be written in English. The entirety of master’s theses must be in English, except short quotations as judged appropriate by the thesis examination committee. English Language Proficiency All international PhD students are subject to the requirement described above (see “English Proficiency for International Students” ) . Responsible Conduct of Research All PhD students at Duke University are required to complete a series of training sessions in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). These sessions consist of two components: the first is an orientation workshop given at the beginning of each academic year for all new incoming students. All students in the biomedical sciences will attend a general introductory workshop provided by the School of Medicine; students in the humanities and social sciences will attend a similar introductory workshop at a conference facility in Durham, as will students in nonmedical biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering programs. All PhD students will subsequently attend a mandatory minimum number of RCR forums or other training experiences (including workshops and courses) scheduled throughout the academic year on individual topics related to responsible conduct of research. The number and content, as well as the semester’s schedule of such forums, courses, or workshops will be published at the beginning of each semester on The Graduate School website.